Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/12

The Frisco RoughRiders earned a 12-inning victory on Saturday, and shortstop Jurickson Profar extended his hitting streak to 22 games by going 3-for-6 with three doubles. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 1 – (@) Tacoma 6
L - Hankins (1-3)
HR - Spilborghs (1)
17-20, 6.0 GB

Spot starter Derek Hankins (3.09 ERA/.273 BAA) held the Rainiers scoreless through four innings but wasn't able to get out of the fifth.

The 28-year-old righty allowed two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out two.

Hankins was making the start in place of Martin Perez, who was held back just in case of a potential big league call-up on Monday. However, Scott Feldman wasn't needed during the Rangers' game on Sunday, so he is expected to make the start.

Tacoma got some separation from the Express when reliever Aaron Heilman (5.19 ERA/.262 BAA) coughed up four runs on five hits in an inning of work. He did strike out the side.

The Express weren't able to get much going off Rainiers starter Erasmo Ramirez, who was recently sent back to Triple-A from Seattle. Ramirez struck out six while hurling five shutout innings.

Mark Hamburger turned in one of his better efforts this season, as he kept Tacoma off the board for 2.1 innings, giving up three hits and striking out four.

Second baseman Yangervis Solarte saw his Express franchise-record 22-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 performance on Saturday.

Mike Bianucci (2/4, 2B) and Brad Nelson (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Left fielder Ryan Spilborghs provided Round Rock's only run with a solo home run in the top of the ninth. It was his only hit in four at-bats.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca singled once and struck out three times in four trips, dropping his batting average to .231.

Player of the Game: RHP Mark Hamburger
2.1 3 0 0 0 4 0 8.49

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Corpus Christi 1 (12 innings)
W - Castillo (1-0)
HR - Olt (8)
23-12, 5.0 GU

The RoughRiders and Hooks went a combined 2-for-23 with runners in scoring position, stranding 23 runners on base. The teams totaled three runs and needed 12 innings to decide a winner.

Frisco shortstop Jurickson Profar saw his hitting streak extended to 22 games and his on-base streak to 31, as he tagged three doubles in six at-bats––giving him 11 two-baggers on the season.

Third baseman Mike Olt provided more power, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run (his eighth), and a base on balls.

Speedy outfielder Ryan Strausborger (1/5, 2B) hit his fourth double and also drew a walk in six plate appearances.

The ‘Riders got excellent work on the mound from four hurlers. They combined to yield one run on seven hits in the 12 innings.

Left-hander Tim Murphy (4.50 ERA/.243 BAA) worked exactly five innings for his fourth consecutive start. On Saturday, he permitted one run on four hits while walking two and striking out three.

Ross Wolf (2 IP) and Johan Yan (2 IP) worked two shutout innings apiece before Fabio Castillo (1.59 ERA/.190 BAA) finished the game with three innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. He fanned three.

The 23-year-old Castillo has been quietly solid out of the Frisco bullpen thus far––17.0 ip, 12 h, 3 er, 7 bb, 9 k. His lively fastball has helped him induce more than 2.8 groundouts per flyout.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
6 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 .284

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – Salem 9
L - Tepesch (1-3)
HR - Hoying (2)
17-17, 3.5 GB

Pelicans starting pitcher Nick Tepesch (4.86 ERA/.309 BAA) was knocked around the yard for a season-high seven runs on 13 hits in 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out a season-best six batters.

After pitching well in his first few starts, Tepesch has been hittable in his last three outings––15.2 ip, 30 h, 14 r, 4 bb, 12 k. He's surrendered 47 hits in 37 innings on the season.

The Pelicans offense got a late rally going against the Red Sox, but it wasn't enough in the end.

Centerfielder Jared Hoying (.323/.387/.490) provided some pop by going 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season. Over his last 10 games, Hoying is 17-for-40 (.425) with five doubles and two long balls.

Hoying, who has a good arm from the outfield, also gunned a base runner down at home plate for an assist.

Catcher Vin DiFazio reached base in four of his five plate appearances, getting a single, a double, and two free passes. Christian Villanueva (2/5, 2B) also doubled.

Brett Nicholas raised his batting average to .290 with three singles in five at-bats while DH Yefry Castillo (2/4) singled twice.

Scuffling right fielder Josh Richmond saw his average drop to .136 after he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk.

Sinkerballing righty Randol Rojas permitted two unearned runs in 3.1 innings of long relief. He allowed two hits and walked one without recording a strikeout.

Kyle DeVore came on to work a scoreless top of the ninth, pitching around one hit and fanning two.

Player of the Game: CF Jared Hoying
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .323

A: Hickory 4 – Savannah 8
L - Eickhoff (4-3)
19-14, 4.5 GB

Crawdads starter Jerad Eickhoff (3.82 ERA/.223 BAA) retired the side in order during the first, second, and fourth innings. The third wasn't as kind to him.

Eichkoff worked gave up five runs in four innings. He allowed five hits while walking two and striking out two.

Despite getting three 1-2-3 frames in four innings, the one poor inning went as follows––home run, home run, walk, flyout, single, walk, single, single, sacrifice fly, strikeout.

The right-hander, who has good stuff, has still surrendered only 31 hits in 37.2 innings this season, walking 12 and striking out 31.

Cleanup-hitting left fielder Jeremy Williams (.280/.313/.484) was 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season.

Zach Cone, who is batting just .237, went 1-for-4 with a double (his sixth) and two strikeouts.

Leadoff man Chris Grayson raised his average to .354 with a pair of singles in four at-bats.

Shawn Blackwell permitted a run on three hits in two innings in his second outing with Hickory.

Hard-throwing lefty reliever Greg Williams (4.05 ERA/.260 BAA) is showing improved velocity in 2012, and his results are starting to progress. He tossed a scoreless ninth inning, giving up one hit and getting one strikeout.

Player of the Game: LF Jeremy Williams
4 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 .280

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